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July 23-29, 2018 / Vol 37, No 30 / Hawai`i Island, USA

20 Jul 2018, 20:31 UTC
July 23-29, 2018 / Vol 37, No 30 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Hawai’i Island Events Focus on Galaxy Center and Astro Education

‘The Monster at the Heart of our Galaxy’ astronomy talk by UCLA Galactic Center Group Director Andrea Ghez is set for July 27 at Honoka’a People’s Theatre with support from the Rob and Terry Ryan Foundation and W. M. Keck Observatory. Ghez will discuss latest research and unexpected results from these ‘gigantic cosmic monsters’ including the presence of young stars, a lack of old stars, and G-objects. Recent advanced galaxy center observation is highlighted by South African Radio Astronomy Observatory 64-dish MeerKAT radio telescope imaging 1,000 x 500 light year area of the Milky Way center, and the Event Horizon Telescope project nearing completion of the 1st image of Sagittarius A* by combining data from 30+ ground stations. Also on Hawaii, UH Hilo 4th annual Software System for Astronomy course is being taught by Prof. Albert Conrad (BR) July 23 – Aug 3 focusing on telescope and instrument control systems, observation planning tools and data analysis software. The Robotic Telescopes, Student Research and Education conference (RTSRE) on July 23-25 is being held in conjunction with interNational Astronomy Teach Summit (iNATS) July 25-27 at Hilo Hawaiian Hotel (BL). The conferences will ...

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